The Biden administration is facing renewed pressure to help young immigrants in precarious legal situations gain access to health care.
The momentum coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Children’s Arrival program this week, which provides deportation protection and work permits to more than 600,000 immigrants who were taken to the U.S. without permission.
DACA recipients do not have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and do not have full access to Medicaid and other programs. Many lack health insurance.
“While the DACA program has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, receiving DACA has not improved their barriers to health care or health outcomes,” says a new report from the National Immigration Law Center. Ellen Gilmer has the whole story.
It happens on the hill
FDA User Fees and Retirement Measures: The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Employment and Pensions will meet on Tuesday at S. 4348, which would re-authorize user fees that the medicine and medical device industry negotiates and pays with the Food and Drug Administration for five years. The House approved its version (HR 7667) last week with a 392-28 vote; It contains a number of provisions that are not included in Senate law, including the investigation of childhood cancer.
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Gun Deal includes mental health: State mental health and school security will see billions of dollars on Sunday by a double-barreled group of senators under an agreement aimed at reducing gun violence in the U.S., Alex Ruoff reported.
The agreement includes funding for a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic to bring the model of less than a dozen states nationwide. Clinics will be funded through Medicaid, according to a Sens ad. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) And Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Who sought change.
“Ensuring that people suffering from a mental health crisis can receive treatment before they harm themselves or others is very important to prevent another tragedy,” Blunt said in a statement.
The deal, which is yet to be put in place by the legislature, “also includes major investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs,” according to a scheme provided by 20 senators who announced the deal on Sunday. Funding will also be provided to increase access to mental health tele services and school mental health services.
Moderna’s data show shots fired at children over 6 months of age, the FDA says: The modern Covid-19 vaccine is effective in children and adolescents, especially with mild to moderate side effects, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff. “Available data support the effectiveness of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in preventing the symptomatic Covid-19 in age groups of children aged 6 months to 17 years,” FDA staff said in a report published on the agency’s website on Friday. The side effects were “mostly mild or moderate in severity, generally of short duration.” Fiona Rutherford and Robert Langreth cover the report.
- FDA staff said Pfizer’s Covid shot was effective for children Fiona Rutherford and Robert Langreth reported that the under-4s had no new safety concerns in a report released earlier this week before a FDA advisory board meeting.
The wider CDC Authority on Public Health Threats gets key support Congress must give the CDC broad authority to address public health by updating a 75-year law while protecting individual rights that allow the agency to act quickly, a National Academy panel said in a report.
“A great deal of effort has been made to weaken the overall public health legal authority,” Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association and chairman of the report’s commission, said in an interview.
A report released on Friday said the uncertainty over the scope of the CDC’s authority “is particularly worrying given the limitations of other government actors. It is also worrying that the CDC must be able to act decisively and lawfully in a public health crisis.”
California courts are seeking an extension of Covid’s jurisdiction: The California court system is considering whether to extend the powers of the judiciary during the pandemic emergency period as infections continue to hamper operations, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said.
“The problem with the branch is that we can’t go through an endemic phase while we continue to have a 10-day isolation period, where we continue to lose valuable employees and judges,” Cantil-Sakauy said in a virtual event on Friday. California Constitutional Center and many other organizations. Madison Halde has more.
Airlines get the lightness of the Covid standard, but may not be ready for it: Airlines have been calling for foreign relief to reduce the pandemic. With the White House removing mandatory Covid tests for incoming passengers, it may be regrettable that the industry has given up its collective will before the busiest time of the year for travel. Justin Bachman explains.
What Else To Know
Monkeypox is not as easy to spread as Covid, the CDC says: Nearly all cases of the U.S. monkey have been linked to close contact rather than airborne transmission, U.S. health officials have said the virus could spread as easily as Covid-19 in response to concerns. Madison Muller and Jeannie Baumann have more.
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